As an adjective abusive
is wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal.
As a noun vitriol is
sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates.
As a verb vitriol is
to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse.
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Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal.
* I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
(archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse. [ ]
Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [ ]
* An abusive lampoon. - A dictionary of the English language
(obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent. [ ]
* An abusive treaty. -
(archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
* The abusive prerogatives of his see. -
(obsolete) Given to misusing. [ ]
Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
* reproachful, scurrilous, opprobrious, insolent, insulting, injurious, offensive, reviling, berating, vituperative
(dated) sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
(by extension) bitterly abusive language
* 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
- For days, online forums sparked with outrage against politicians and race organizers, a tone that turned to vitriol against runners, even from some shaming other runners for being selfish.
* oil of vitriol
* blue vitriol
* green vitriol
* hurl vitriol
* iron vitriol
* white vitriol
to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse